J. A. Falconer
J. A. Falconer fought heroically for the Union Cause during the American Civil War. In 1999, many years following his death, Falconer was awarded a Medal of Honor along with a 39 inch tall tombstone enlayed in 24 carat gold which is located at the Southeast corner of the Sunset Hill. His former tombstone consisted of a basic marble slab which had sunk deep into the ground.
Reverend Robert A. Foster
This teacher and preacher would honorably serve Yankee regiments as a chaplain and teach his family as a patriotic guide. In the Battle of Lone Jack, Robert’s son Emry was severely wounded and another son C. Morris felt a bullet pierce through his left lung. His fourth son Melville was wounded while fighting at Briar Creek while the most unusual occurrence took place prior to the war even starting. In a political debate in the old Johnson County Courthouse which still stands as a historical building on Main Street, oldest son Marsh Foster was shot and killed by a rebel sympathizer in February of 1861. To many, he was the first martyr of the Civil War.
Harry R. Garrison
Like president Grover Cleveland, Harry Garrison was an official on two separate locations. He served Warrensburg as mayor from 1929 through 1933 and again from 1947 through 1955. Garrison also served on the Board of Regents at CMSU and there was some gossip from high ranking political associates in Kansas City about Garrison running for governor. Garrison worked as the editor of the Standard Herald which has become the Warrensburg Gazette.
Martha E. Gilbert
In a time when only a few women volunteered for the armed services, Martha Gilbert was active in the Woman’s Army Corps during World War II. After proudly serving our nation, Martha returned to Missouri and became a school teacher.
In a grave marked by the name Goodall, lies the inventor of the horizontal engine who was helped along by a small engine manufacturer. Despite having a wooden leg, Goodall overcame all adversity and ran a successful manufacturing and lawn mower company here in Warrensburg. When antagonists questioned his theory stating that the pistons placed sideways would run out, Goodall scoffed at their attacks. Time proved him right.
Myrtle T. Goodwin
Near the southeast corner of Sunset Hill lies perhaps the oldest person in it, Myrtle T. Goodwin. Born on December 30, 1887, her 108 year, 7 month and 29 day life ended on August 27, 1996. She is buried near her family.
Noel B. Grinstead
Grinstead Hall, a building located at Central Missouri State University, is dedicated to the honor of Noel Grinstead. For years, Noel taught industrial arts at the college and he is buried beside his wife Berne and his parents.
Benjamin W. Grover
Lying beneath the shade of a large tree about 30 yards away from the East Entrance, lays an entire section dedicated to one of Warrensburg’s most time honored families. As one of the founding fathers of Warrensburg, Benjamin Grover served Missouri in the Senate and his effort became the main reason for bringing the railroad through Warrensburg.
John C. Grover Jr
In a section dedicated to the Grover Family, one will notice the gravestone of John C. Grover Jr. When this military man passed away in 1987, his corpse was cremated. Some of John’s ashes were buried with his family at Sunset Hill. The rest of his remains are proudly stationed in Washington D.C. at Arlington National Cemetery.
Amber LaVie Harlan
Hidden underneath a teardrop or candlelight shaped gravestone, about 30 yards east of the road leading to the work barn, lies the remains of 33 year old Amber LaVie Harlan. Her tombstone reads, “A Beautiful Bride Sleeps In Lace. The Spirit Of Love With An Angel’s Face.”
Laura Mae Harmon
Born on the 4th of July, 1905, Laura Mae Harmon evidently knew her Creator well. When she perished in 1992, her children left her praises on her tombstone claiming, “Here Lies A Godly Woman!” and “We’ll See You Again Mom!” Laura might have taught her children to pray now I lay me down to sleep. To this, her family triumphantly responds we thank you Lord our Mom you keep.
A. B. Harrison
A ten foot high monument with a dove placed atop serves as a reminder of the tragic death of A. B. Harrison when his home collapsed on him. His wife writes her final letter to him on his gravestone, “Sleep husband dear, and take your rest. ‘Twas hard indeed to part with thee, but Christ’s strong arm supported.”
Eldo Lewis Hendricks
Buried beside a giant vase commemorating the Bass Family, lies the remains of the 22 year long University President Eldo Hendricks. From 1915 to 1937, Eldo Hendricks ran Central Missouri State University when it was still a teacher’s college. Eldo’s grave lies next to his wife Viola and CMSU has an entire hall named in his honor.
Major N. B. Holden
Warrensburg stared the Civil War in the face as both sides had large practicing military factions. Major Holden became a casualty of this country-wide crisis as he was assassinated in the middle of the night. His tombstone reads, “Assassinated at his residence, in Warrensburg, at 1:00 A.M.”
Dr. Joe M. Hopping
Dr. Hopping quotes the angels at Christ’s tomb when his tombstone asks, “Why Seek Ye The Living Among The Dead? He Is Not Here, But He Is Risen.” Hopping’s gravestone may be seen about 25 paces west of the Jesus Monument.
George Wilson Houts
Though a Civil War battle was never officially fought in Warrensburg, the town was heavily divided over the conflict. Even prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, George Wilson Houts decided that slavery was an immoral institution and freed his eleven slaves. This not only made him unpopular by many townspeople, but also made the Civil War veteran who served in the 2nd Virginia Infantry disliked by his own family, many of whom were Confederates.
Infant Daughter of Houx
Nestled in the Eastern section of the cemetery just up from the East Gate lies five small white stones belonging to the Houx family. The fourth of the five stones belongs to an infant daughter who has the oldest grave in the cemetery dating back to 1834. More Houx family members are buried together further down Cheatham Drive and others are spread out around the cemetery.
Amanda E. Jackson-Bernand
Tucked away in the deep northwest corner of Sunset Hill lies a small section dedicated to the indigent, or the poorer people of Warrensburg. Created during the Great Depression, visitors will view headstones, lined in short rows, that appear to be little more than cement blocks. Many of the deceased had no living relatives and some only had three people show up to their funeral: the funeral director, the preacher, and the grave digger. People buried there are remembered by only their name and the year of their death. Amanda E. Jackson-Bernard’s grave lays a somber 15 feet away from a memorial, erected by the county court of 1940, marking the memories of those who perished.
Thelma W. Jones
When Thelma Jones passed away in 1994, generations of loved ones mourned the loss of their dear friend. Her tombstone reads, “Beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, And The World’s Best Cook. We Miss You.” Hopefully, the loving 89 year old great grandmother passed on her favorite cookie recipe before God called her home.
James C. Kirkpatrick
Buried beneath a shady tree lies a politician that brought light to Warrensburg. James C. Kirkpatrick, a 1929 Central Missouri State graduate, served the state of Missouri for 20 years as Secretary of State. The 30 million dollar library located at CMSU was named and dedicated to the legacy of Kirkpatrick and to the assistance he provided his alma mater. The Kirkpatrick Historical Room at the library is decorated in Irish Green and located on the second floor.
Mildred Martha McBride
American poet Anne Bradstreet wrote “Farewell sweet babe, the pleasure of mine eye, farewell fair flower that for a space was lent” when her one year old grandchild passed away. The family of Mildred McBride must have felt the same way when their 14 year old seedling perished in 1907. The cross on her grave reads, “She Was But A Flower, Too Good For The Earth.”
Samuel G. McCluney
As the President of the Game Breader’s Association, Samuel McCluney touched the lives of many of Warrensburg’s citizens. When this published author perished in August of 1967, every florist in the city was sold out and extra flowers had to be ordered. His grave is located not to far away from the Statue of Jesus Holding Child near the northwest lot.
Charles E. Miller
80 year old Charles Miller is buried beside his 91 year old wife Bernice. Charles, a World War I veteran, worked as a carpenter in a corner building at the south side of East Pine across from the old post office.
Buried with his wife Marie C. Goheen and with family members nearby, Samuel Milliken’s grave leaves a message of hope for loved ones. The tombstone reads, “No Pain, No Grief, No Anxious Fear, Can Harm the Peaceful Sleepers Here.”
Frank Thomas Moriarty
Make sure to salute the grave of 97 year old American Hero Frank Moriarty. This army veteran served our country in both World Wars. This University instructor’s tombstone is engraved with a typewriter, a cross, and a rolled up scroll.
Timothy & Margaret Murphy
Reminding people today about the blessing of modern medicines stands the 19th century graves of Timothy and Margaret Murphy and their six children: John T., Margaret, Maria, Thomas, Rosa, and Agnes. No child lived to see their fourth birthday.
Alex Samuel Nassif
Alex Nassif, who proudly served our country during the second World War, ran a successful shoe business here in Warrensburg. Alex, an immigrant who was born five days before the turn of the 20th Century in Lebanon, Syria, donated money for the creation of our community swimming pool which was named in his honor.
Amy Jo North
During an emotionally charged ceremony in 1998, Warrensburg laid to rest 16 year old Amy Jo North following her tragic death in a fatal car accident. Amy’s funeral was probably the largest ceremony in the history of Sunset Hill when an estimated 1000 people in a 500 car procession said goodbye to their departed friend. Her gravestone is one of the most highly decorated places in the cemetery as people have come to give small memories and large teardrops to Amy.
Albert C. Owings
About a year prior to Pearl Harbor, Albert’s unit mobilized for their preparation of war. Serving as the Chief Warrant Officer of the 35th Division, this soldier proudly served his country during the second World War. In a side note, Albert’s father, who takes precisely the same name, had previously served our nation during the first World War.
Katura Hall Gallaher (Gillum)
Underneath a stone tree with a cross engraved into it, lies the remains of a young wife of John A. Gallaher named Katura Hall Gallaher (Gillum). Located a stone’s throw away from the Confederate Monument, one can view this fossil. Interesting enough, located right next to Catherine’s grave is John’s second wife Pauline G. Gillum. Her grave is also marked with an unusual structure: a large vase with a sundial on top.
Kenneth N. Robinson
About five steps off of Cheatham Drive close to half way between the Cheatham and DeFur Monuments, lies the remains of World War I army veteran Kenneth Robinson. As the main source of supplies to the college, Kenneth owned the university book store where students bought their textbooks.
Thomas A. Runk
Buried beneath a shady tree about three steps off the southern pocket of Collins Avenue, lies the remains of 52 year old Vietnam veteran Thomas Runk. Thomas, who proudly fought for the freedom of the South Vietnamese people, perished in 1997.
Henry Hagan Russell
Henry Russell, who went by H. H., ran the successful Russell Clothing Store located in the cities of Marshall, Clinton, Sedalia, and Warrensburg. H. H. served our city as mayor and was very active in pursuing an air base in the area. His grave is surrounded by family and lies cattycorner to the Vivian Cheatham DeFur Monument.
James Ryan & James E. Basham
City Marshall Ryan and Night Marshall Basham were fatally shot and killed in a 1908 shootout at the old Estes Hotel (which used to be located to the southern cattycorner of City Hall). Byron Hall, declared insane by the testimonies of witnesses and family members, was apparently under the belief that attackers were pursuing him for $500 he had earned herding sheep. Before Hall committed suicide by shooting himself into his own heart, he shot Ryan 3 times and sent Basham to his death with a steel bullet that passed entirely through the Night Marshall’s body. Basham and Ryan are both buried about 100 feet North of the Confederate Memorial.
John N. & Ruby Duncan Sandridge
Taking it easy beneath a shady tree in the far west side of the cemetery lies the remains of John and Ruby Sandridge. In a gravestone shaped like a park bench, visitors can take a load off as the remember the Sandridges, who ran a successful pawn store in Warrensburg. Both John and Ruby’s smiling faces are cemented into their headstone, and into eternity.
James C. Shanks
James Shanks was either in, or had just finished dental school when his country called him to serve in World War II. Following the war, Captain Shanks returned to run successful dental businesses in Chilhowee and in Warrensburg.
Steven Thomas Sharp
Buried between two potted plants engraved with praying hands lies Steven Thomas Sharp, the 24 year old son of William and Ethelyn. This gravestone, located near the above ground mausoleum of Charlotte Patton, is completed with a tiny statue of the Virgin Mary and the phrase, “I’m As Free As A Bird Now.” Etched by the name Sharp is a bird flying away.
Beryl A. Shults
Located in the pocket corner of Collins Avenue lies the largest and most decorated cross in Sunset Hill. Beryl Shults, who passed away in 1996 just 10 days away from her 50th birthday, is buried beneath a 58 inch black and white cross. Another cross, standing 52 inches tall, can be found in the back far west of the cemetery to mark the gravesites of Edward Henry & Anna Reynolds Eckel.
Harvey M. & Effie R. Sullivan
Harvey Sullivan, member of the 17th Illinois Calvary during the Civil War, lays beside his wife Effie and between two giant evergreen trees measuring nearly 11 feet tall. Effie was 16 years younger than Harvey and she died 17 years after her soul mate perished in 1921.
Statue of Christ and Child
Visible to cars traveling west on Business 50, people may see a large stone statue of Jesus holding a young child. The Savior is clothed in the traditional garments with sandals while holding the right hand of a small child who is clinging to the Lord’s shoulder. To some, it may appear that the child had fallen down and Jesus is taking care of the tiny scratch.
Harland A. Tempel
Harland Tempel, who received a Purple Heart for heroics during the second World War while serving in the European Theatre, is buried beside his beloved wife Velva. Happily married for 52 years, both husband and wife died soon after reaching their 75 years of age. At the grave of this former Johnson County Sheriff, Matthew 31:28 tells people to “Come To Me, All Who Labor And Are Burdened, And I Will Give You Rest.”
Charles H. & Jessica M. Thompson
Buried in the S1 section of the cemetery, standing out among a host of other stones, is a tiny marble vase belonging to the memory of the Thompsons. Surrounded by other older gravestones belonging to numerous African-Americans, this area of Sunset Hills shows that when it came to segregation, not even cemeteries were immune.
Charles E. & Lonia I. Todd
When Charles and Lonia were married on the blistery Christmas Eve of 1908, they expected to grow old and die together. After death did them part in 1930, Lonia would live an additional 50 years before she perished at 92 years old.
Situated between two plants potted in stone stands a 21 foot high Memorial commemorating the Northern Soldiers of the Civil War. A mustached soldier firmly grasping his rifle with both clenched hands, grabs the attention of everyone who enters Sunset Hill through the East Entrance. “In Memory of Union Soldiers and Sailors” is proudly carved into a marble block within the statue that gives gratitude to the dozen and a half graves located in the general vicinity. In a side note, when this statue was renovated in 1965, his rifle was missing and his nose had been shot.
Near the East Entrance and about ten paces away from the Union Memorial, one can honor the grave of the founder of our proud city, Martin Warren. This pioneer served as a Private in the Virginia Continental Line during the American Revolutionary War and his name can be seen etched in stone between the Holy Cross and the Sons of the American Revolution Emblem. Though people searching through the old cemetery off of Gay Street will discover another tombstone belonging to our city’s founder, his body was moved to Sunset Hill in 1915.
Paul Verle Webb
Located beside a beautifully sculpted flower bed, lies the remains of World War II veteran Paul Verle Webb. The artistic sculpture includes engravings of numerous children or angels performing a religious celebration.
Michael Wayne Whisenhunt
In the Memorial Section near the beautiful statue of Jesus carrying a young child, lies the grave of eight day old Michael Whisenhunt. Surrounded by numerous, permanent flower vases, Michael’s gravestone shows a teddy bear playing on a swing and reads, “Playing In God’s Garden.”
Frank E. Whittington
Near the massive, homemade, above ground mausoleum located at the back of the cemetery, lies the remains of Frank Whittington. Frank created the structure to honor his wife’s request not to be buried in the ground.